Columns 2016

The dreamer’s guide to success

The dreamer’s guide to success

Who do you see when you close your eyes and dream of the future? Are you a wealthy CEO? Are you a parent to five amazing children? Are you a lawyer? A doctor? Or are you an adventurer, who lives paycheck to paycheck, but makes […]

Shattering the misconceptions about veganism

Shattering the misconceptions about veganism

I am not a bodybuilder, nor do I ever want to be. When I go to the gym, I stay mainly on the side with the cardio equipment, straying occasionally to the weight stations for a few quick repetitions on arm and leg machines. I […]

Where I found joy

Where I found joy

Happiness isn’t like a piece of clothing – it’s not tangible or material – and yet people constantly ask me where I got mine. “When our lives are filled with peace, faith and joy, people will want to know what we have,” said David Jeremiah, […]

You need to watch… The Jinx

You need to watch… The Jinx

In the year 2015, the American public was gifted with tons of amazing documentaries which showed, in painstaking detail, some of the most absurd stories of our generation. But only one of these documentaries was so effective that it ignited public outrage and lead to […]

Clean: the moment you finally let go

Clean: the moment you finally let go

Have you ever felt weightless? Free from all your worries and the fear of being tied down by your past? Have you ever felt that at this very moment in your life, you could pack up all your things, move away to another country and […]

The best of Bali

The best of Bali

Not a day passes that I don’t think about Bali. Yet when I do, I don’t immediately remember feeling the warm sunshine on my skin, the taste of chicken satay, the sounds of waves crashing or the adrenaline rush of driving a scooter on chaotic streets. But […]

Dear collegiate athletes

Dear collegiate athletes

This is the end. According to Merriam-Webster, a team is “a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc. against another group.” This statement is true, but for those who have played a sport for most of your life, this is the end […]

We’re not all global citizens

We’re not all global citizens

Forehead to forehead, nose to nose, I kept my head bent and shared a breath with the Maori elders in a traditional greeting called the “hongi” at the entrance to their home.  It was a singular and spectacular experience that highlighted the cultural difference I […]

A writer’s peace

A writer’s peace

March 29, 2016; 1:30 p.m. It was the middle of professor Richard Ruppel’s Lit III class and we were talking about poems as per usual. One woman shared her favorite from a collection of poems that Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote. The last line read, “‘Tis […]

From ocean to ocean

From ocean to ocean

  I never thought I’d be the type of person to say the word dope. Growing up in New York, this was a dorky word my parents used when referring to weed (No hope in dope!). Yet a few months into my first semester at Chapman, […]